Vikings vs Lions Week 6 Game Called 4th Worst Of The Season By SI


It’s been no secret that there isn’t a lot of love for the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to the sports media.  Sadly, the Vikings were bad enough at times this season to add some fuel to the fire of the sports writers.  And that’s exactly what happened in a recent article on Sports Illustrated’s website.

Even the beginning of the article apologized to Vikings fans for…well, liking the team.  Here’s what they said:

"“The games listed below were all close enough that you had to watch until the end if you were a fan of either team. Fans of the Cardinals, Rams, Titans, Jaguars, Vikings and Redskins — who all appear on the list multiple times — we’re sorry.”"

They say this like the fans of the Minnesota Vikings haven’t ever watched bad football before.  For most intents and purposes, this season was considered a success by the fan base after bringing in a new coaching staff, losing their star player, and having to rely on so many young players.  Sadly, Sports Illustrated didn’t see things that way.

Oct 12, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Lions win 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

They listed the week 6 game between the Vikings and the Detroit Lions as the fourth game on their “Worst Games of the 2015 Season” article.

Sure, the game was really sloppy.  Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times in the contest.  The Lions couldn’t get anything going either, relying on a field goal kicker that missed two of his three attempts after Detroit converted only one of their 13 third down attempts.

Also in the article as an “honorable mention” (which isn’t exactly honorable) was the Vikings season finale against the Chicago Bears.  I felt this game featured some excellent defense by the Vikings rather than terrible play by the Bears, but then again I’m no expert from Sports Illustrated.

What do you guys think?  Were these games really as bad as Sports Illustrated made them out to be?  Were there worse games that you remember seeing?  Discuss it in the comments below.

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